Communicating when words disappear – what is the alternative?

Communication, generally speaking uses a combination of verbal and non-verbal behaviours to express or convey a message. Speech is often used to get our message across to another person and can be supplemented using various non-verbal behaviours and gestures. Speech allows … Continue reading

How everyday interactions help with communication – personal reflection

Communication can present in many different forms and is definitely not restricted to just one method. Effective communication includes a whole range of methods that assist in conveying or receiving a message. All of us at any one time will … Continue reading

Chunking or simplifying tasks / learning activities

When we think of planning a worksheet or a written task, often we write down as much as possible and provide very detailed explanations. We might even make it look attractive to entice the learner to want to complete the assigned task or … Continue reading

Why we learn from the Autistic Perspective

For many years, autism professional development has been dominated by professionals who have spent their time studying and learning about autism or working in the field of autism. Often it has been the professionals teaching the community about what they have learned about autism and … Continue reading

Victorian Autism Conference (VAC16) ‘Wrap Up’

On Thursday and Friday of last week, we took part in the Victorian Autism Conference 2016. It was a conference of so many high points and that highlighted the movement forward in terms of how we work with and support autistic … Continue reading

Understanding the Person you Support

In our blog posts this month we’ll be focussing on creating environments and settings that best support people with autism / autistic people. But before we begin to plan out strategies to support a person, we need to know ABOUT the … Continue reading

Goal Setting – Making it Realistic!

We all need something to inspire us or work towards that makes us happy, no matter how big or small! For many of us, beginning a new year means changing classrooms, starting school, changing to a new school, beginning university … Continue reading

Preparing for the Year Ahead

How have you started to prepare for 2016? Sometimes life gets really busy, and we get ourselves into routines and find ourselves using systems of support that we have outgrown or that simply may not be as effective as we … Continue reading